Sunday, September 29, 2013

What I’m Watching (Early Fall 2013)

Hey there! Since I spend a lot of time watching TV shows—even if I don’t watch them on TV when they air, but rather later on my computer—I thought it would be cool to update you on the shows that I’m currently working through, some of which are new, and some that aired a while ago.

1. The Big Bang Theory

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I’m all caught up on this one, including the two new episodes that just aired this Thursday. This show sometimes gets made fun of for portraying geeks poorly, but as a fairly nerdy girl with nerdy friends, its astonishing the number of times I can see my friends in the characters in this show. And I love the geeky references. And Penny/Kaley Cuoco is so pretty! I’m definitely glad to see this show back for another season.

2. Arrow

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I’m slowly working through the first season of this one, and I’ve only seen the first three episodes. I think this show is on it’s 3rd or 4th season now? Not sure. I’m not in love with it, and I honestly started watching because John Barrowman is supposed to be in it. I’ll give it a few more episodes (or until Barrowman appears) before deciding to give it up.

3. Genei wo Kakeru Taiyo

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Yep, this one’s an anime. It’s pretty odd. It’s basically these little girls with tarot card magical powers who fight evil demon things and save people… Yeah, that’s a touch of Japanese culture for you! Anyways, the art style is really cute, the voices oddly don’t bug me as much as girl characters sometimes do in anime, and the content and concept of the show is really dark. So far, I’m really enjoying it. I’ve watched the first 5 episodes, and I think there are either 12 or 13. Not sure if there will be another season after this one.

4. Doctor Who

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I’ve already watched all the old episodes since they rebooted in 2005—twice actually, once alone and once with my little sister—but I missed the 9th Doctor—Christopher Eccleston—so I started again. I recently finished the first season, which is pretty devastating, and am working myself to move on once again. If you’ve never seen Doctor Who, you really should!

5. Agents of SHIELD

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I’m not sure I’ve even been so excited for a new show. Ever. And my god, this one did not disappoint. The first episode just aired this past Tuesday, and it was perfect! Funny, intense, dramatic, and action-filled… What’s not to love?! So excited for more superheroes and more Agent Coulson.

6. Genshiken

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Another anime? Yep. I actually started watching this show from the most recent season that’s been airing this past season with my boyfriend. However, it really grew on me, so I’ve also gone back to the beginning of the series to watch it all, and I think I’m about half-way through the first season. The old stuff is also helping me to appreciate the more recent episodes a lot more. The last episode of season three just aired, but I have yet to watch it.

And just recently finished:

1. Merlin

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I love history. I love the Middle Ages. I love Arthurian legends. I love British television and actors. I love dragons. There is nothing at all I disliked about this show. It had lots of Arthurian legend stuff—sometimes twisted or tweaked to fit the show’s purposes, but the Arthurian legends never have been stable, so who cares?—lots of magic, action, and it’s really funny. Especially the relationship between Merlin and Arthur. And Colin Morgan is just a fantastic actor.

My only problem is: where will I get my historical fiction fix now?

Returning or Beginning soon:

1. Doctor Who (again)

Still almost two months to wait for this one, and even then it’s only a special… November 23rd will be the 50th Anniversary special for Doctor Who, and I’m pretty excited, though it hasn’t been the same for me since ***Spoilers!!!*** Amy and Rory left… honestly, I mean, I was watching the first episode of the new season of Glee with my sister and the shots of Central Park alone were enough to make me sad all over again, and a shot of that bridge almost made me start crying… That episode messed me up pretty bad. ***Spoilers over***

2. Reign

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Not sure if this will be any good, since it’s going to be a CW show, but it’s basically about a young Mary Queen of Scots, so its around my favourite time period: Tudor England… Should be interesting, or at least that’s my hope. I’ll definitely be tuning in at least to give it a shot. The show premieres October 17.


Lemme know if there are any shows that you think I’d like based on the above list, as well as whatever you’re watching right now. Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

B2S #3: Back to School Book Haul!

Hello everyone! I thought it would be a fitting addition to this series to show you the stack of books I’ve recently acquired, mostly for school, but a few also just for fun.


School Books:

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


I’m honestly pretty scared about this book. I mean, it’s more than 700 pages! That said, everyone I’ve talked to so far who has read it said that they enjoyed it, so I guess there’s that! Also, it’s a lot less scary now that I know that we’re only going to be covering the first half of the book for this class, though that’s kinda disappointing, since it means I’ll have assistance half-way, and then I’ll have to finish it on my own. Oh well. I hope it’s good!

(Find Crime and Punishment on GoodReads)

Authority and the Individual by Bertrand Russell


This book is so tiny (like 90 pages), that even if I hate it, it shouldn’t be too painful. It sounds from the description like it’s a transcript of a lecture, so I’m not sure what to make of that. Guess I’ll see!

(Find Authority and the Individual on GoodReads)

Identity: Sociological Perspectives by Steph Lawler


I’m not particularly interested in this book, but at least it’ll be short, and we aren’t reading quite the whole thing for class, so I guess that’s good. It’s written to be a textbook, which is probably why there are only 6 ratings on GoodReads, since usually there are tons of reviews for books, especially books not written or published in Canada!

(Find Identity on GoodReads)

And two books I already had, but will be using for class this semester also:

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins


This is a book that I’ve been wanting to read for a while, and it was also in my last book post (“Read and To-Read”). Conveniently, this class will be covering bits and pieces of it. I have a feeling that I’ll do an essay on it and end up reading the entire thing, because it sounds really interesting to me. Also, that shiny silver cover is really hard to photograph!

(Find The God Delusion on GoodReads)

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

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My boyfriend borrowed this book from me and I still have to get it back, hence my not having my own picture of the cover. I’ve read this book before at least once for class in high school, and probably at last once again since. It’s probably my favourite dystopian novel, not because I think it’s the most accurate, just because I really like it. Though the fact that it was basically the first dystopian I ever read may have had some impact on my favouritism! I’m excited to get to read it again.

(Find Nineteen Eighty-Four on GoodReads)

And finally, my colourful new notebook

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Since I only have one class this semester, and since I always look at notebooks like this before deciding they’re too expensive, I finally got myself one! This one isn’t as expensive as some, as it was only $7 at Chapters. I didn’t like the orange fill-in timetable on the inside cover, though, so, as you can see from the second picture, I personalised it with a few quotes!

Books just for Me:

The Selection by Kiera Cass


This was in my last book post as well, so if you read that then you already know I have this book, but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to add it to this post, since I know it will be one of the books that I make an effort to get around to before the end of this semester! You gotta have some fluff in between classics, lectures, essays, and textbooks!

(Find The Selection on GoodReads)

This Side of Paradise & The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald


The Beautiful and the Damned is the book that I picked out after finishing the Great Gatsby that I wanted to read next by Fitzgerald, I think it was because I found a couple of really pretty quotes from the book. This just happens to be two books in one for about the same price, so why wouldn’t I choose this one?

(Find this edition on GoodReads)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


I basically fell in love with this book when I was reading it and, aside from wanting to read more Fitzgerald, I also knew I had to own this book. So now I do. It’s not my favourite cover, but it was cheap. I’ll probably acquire the good cover sometime down the line.

(Find The Great Gatsby on GoodReads)

And finally, because I’ve already bought and paid for it, but am still waiting for it to exist as a real thing, I’m going to include:

The Divergent Trilogy Boxed Set

This doesn’t come out until October 22, but I’m really excited to get it! I bought the boxed set because it’s cheaper than buying them individually, and also it’ll come right to my door when it’s available!

(Find Divergent / Insurgent / Allegiant on GoodReads)


And that’s everything book-related that I got recently! I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know what books you’re reading or leave me your comments about any of the things I posted about. Thanks for reading!


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